Academic journal article African Economic History

Document 7: Native Court Byelaws or Rules, Sokoto Province (1916) 1

Academic journal article African Economic History

Document 7: Native Court Byelaws or Rules, Sokoto Province (1916) 1

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DOCUMENT 7: NATIVE COURT BYELAWS OR RULES, SOKOTO PROVINCE (1916) 1

Rules and Byelaws made under Native Courts Ordinance Section 24 for Gando Emirate, by the Sarkin Gando in Council and consultation with the Alkalin Gando.

Slavery. 1. Any man who ransoms a slave except before the Alkali commits an offence; his punishment is imprisonment at the discretion of the judge up to 12 months and £10 fine.

2. All children born since the 31st March, 1901 A.D. are free. Any Alkali who ransoms a slave without seeing it commits a crime and will be dealt with by the Judicial Council.

Signed Sar. Gwandu Muhamadu and G. Malcolm2

Native Court Rulings, forwarded by Malcolm, 14 July 1917

Rules made under the Native Courts Ordinance Section 24 for Argungu Emirate, drawn up by the Sarikin Kebbi in Council and in consultation with the Alkalin Argungu.

Slavery. The object of this Law is that all people born since 31st March, 1901 shall be free.

(a) Any person who holds in slavery or accepts ransom money for a child born since March 31st, 1901, has committed an offence, and is liable to imprisonment up to six months with or without a fine not exceeding ten pounds. …

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